Porto directors 'called match officials "s***-eaters" after defeat against Man City in October'

Porto could find themselves in trouble with UEFA after allegedly slamming match officials ‘s***-eaters’ during their loss against Manchester City in October, as the bizarre row between the two clubs continues. 

A report in The Sun details that directors from the Portuguese club hurled abuse at Latvian referee Andris Treimanis and his colleagues in the tunnel after believing decisions went agains them in their 3-1 loss at the Etihad on October 21. 

The abusive language was heard by UEFA delegates and was included in the official game report, with the Portuguese club now potentially in further hot water after a week which has included an extraordinary row with City over a newsletter sent out to its supporters by the Portuguese club. 

Porto management and players confront the officials after Man City's victory back in October

Porto management and players confront the officials after Man City’s victory back in October

Porto were involved in a war of words with City this week following Tuesday's goalless draw

Porto were involved in a war of words with City this week following Tuesday’s goalless draw

In October, Porto felt aggrieved in the Champions League matchday one clash at the Etihad after they felt decisions went against them. 

After going ahead early on, City drew level via a penalty when Pepe tripped Raheem Sterling, but Porto were unhappy that a potential foul in their favour in the build-up was not given, when Ilkay Gundogan stepped on keeper Agustin Marchesin. 

That being said, captain Pepe was lucky to avoid a red card after kneeing Sterling in the second-half, as frustration rose to boiling point for the Portuguese side. 

However, the latest alleged indiscretions mark another chapter in a remarkable week for Porto, who are already in trouble with UEFA and the European Club Association over their baffling 529-word rant directed at City.

Porto were angry at the awarding of a penalty for City during their loss in October (above)

Porto were angry at the awarding of a penalty for City during their loss in October (above)

Bernardo Silva (left) and Pep Guardiola (right) came under criticism from Porto in a newsletter

Bernardo Silva (left) and Pep Guardiola (right) came under criticism from Porto in a newsletter

Porto stoked ill feelings between the clubs after Tuesday’s goalless draw by sending an explosive newsletter to their own supporters severely criticising Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho and Guardiola. 

Porto’s letter queried why a Portuguese broadcaster offered ‘a shirt to an opponent who is known internationally for having been convicted of racism,’ taken to mean Silva. 

An FA panel banned Silva for one match last year after the midfielder compared team-mate Benjamin Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos – a chocolate brand in Spain and Portugal.

The disciplinary panel accepted, however, that offence caused by posting the message was unintentional. City signed Silva – capped 51 times by Portugal – from Porto’s bitter rivals, Benfica, three years ago.

Last November, Silva was fined £50,000 & banned for a game for a tweet to Benjamin Mendy

Last November, Silva was fined £50,000 & banned for a game for a tweet to Benjamin Mendy

Silva compared his Manchester City team-mate to the character on a packet of Conguitos

Silva compared his Manchester City team-mate to the character on a packet of Conguitos

City took the unusual step of making an exception to the accusations on Wednesday and hit back, referring to an occasion in 2012 when Porto were punished for racist behaviour of their own.  

Porto were fined £16,700 by UEFA following racist abuse directed at Mario Balotelli by fans during a Europa League meeting with City back in 2012.

UEFA could also take a dim view of Porto’s rant, as they say there is an obligation for clubs to comply with principles of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and integrity. 

Porto boss Sergio Conceicao and City manager Pep Guardiola at loggerheads in October

Porto boss Sergio Conceicao and City manager Pep Guardiola at loggerheads in October

A City spokesman said: ‘This is not the first time that Porto have reacted badly in circumstances like this. 

‘On this occasion it is the ill-judged and targeted criticism of some of our individual players and indeed our manager, which we wholly reject.

‘In 2012, the last season we encountered them, it was the denial by the club of clear racist behaviour of their fans for which they were investigated and fined. In this context, this latest outburst is almost as surprising as it is disappointing.’

City captain Fernandinho also found himself in Porto’s crosshairs. 

Fernandinho (left) has also come under-fire by the Portuguese giants in a damning assessment

Fernandinho (left) has also come under-fire by the Portuguese giants in a damning assessment

‘There should have been a red card given to Fernandinho, who despite being 35 is a clear example that in football money counts a lot, but it doesn’t buy class,’ the Portuguese champions wrote.

Fernandinho snapped back at complaints over refereeing decisions the previous evening. ‘It was a difficult game, faced with a team that has a unique style of playing, always pressuring the referee,’ the Brazilian said.  

‘All the fouls they get they fall to the ground screaming. It seems that they need to call the ambulance.’  

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